Month: February 2016

Fasting as a means to improve athletic performance in endurance sports

I’m sitting down to write this having had breakfast for the first time in a week… Lately, I’ve been practising “intermittent fasting”, which revolves around lengthening the time between your last meal in the evening and your first meal the following day.  It’s one of several ways I involve fasting to improve my health – as well as my running.  In this case, you’re aiming for about a 16-hour “mini-fast” per day, which for all intensive purposes means skipping breakfast and eating at around lunchtime instead.  This means that all the food you eat on any given day takes place within about an eight-hour window.  There’s plenty of literature on intermittent fasting and its benefits in general, so I’d like to concentrate here instead on how fasting can benefit you as a runner or anyone involved in endurance sports. Quite simply, fasting means taking in no calories for a given duration. How can depriving yourself of breakfast on a regular basis – or even depriving yourself of all food for days on end – possibly …